Plein Air is in... the Air!

Posted Sep 18, 2014

With Plein Air just around the corner, we’ve picked some books out to bring out the inner artist in you.  Like the artists on the streets this weekend, you too can capture the moods of the village whether it’s at work or at play; night or day; and everything in between.  It’s a big world so get out there and create! 

Urban Sketching: The Complete Guide to Techniques by Thomas Thorspecken

Rather than waiting for your subjects to come to you, get out there and take inspiration from the world you live in.  In Urban Sketching, Thorspecken covers everything you need to know about capturing the urban landscape from equipment and materials to perspective, movement, and composition.  Most importantly, this book will make you feel inspired with examples of over forty practicing urban artists.  Lightweight and compact, you can take this book wherever you go!

The Complete Artist’s Manual: The Definitive Guide to Painting and Drawing by Simon Jennings

Based off The Artist’s Manual and The New Artist’s Manual, The Complete Artist’s Manual is the latest, most comprehensive guide to making art.  Broken down into ten sections, Jennings highlights materials, tools, subject matters, techniques, and principles with practical, easy to follow instructions as well as over 1,300 color photographs and illustrations.  So if you’re looking to begin, develop, or perfect your skills, this is the book for you!

The New Colored Pencil: Create Luminous Works with Innovative Materials and Techniques by Kristy Ann Kutch

Portable and vivid, colored pencils are becoming the latest trend in the art world.  Let colored pencil artist and teacher Kristy Ann Kutch show you more about maximizing their effects.  Through a number of demonstrations, Kutch covers materials, techniques, practices, and color theory, and throughout the lessons, readers will learn how to combine mediums, create texture, and how to incorporate varied surface materials.  Give colored pencils a chance and take your art to the next level!      

Botanical Illustration: Painting with Watercolours by Siriol Sherlock

Think plants: foliage, fruit, flowers, leaves, branches, and all the other expressive parts and pieces that brighten our world.  Botanical bodies are often used as inspiration in the visual arts, and you, too, can capture their varied characteristics with watercolors.  In Botanical Illustration, Sherlock gives readers simple techniques that lead to impressive results with step-by-step instructions, including work in progress illustrations.  Whether its traditional or experimental renditions of greenery you’re going for, this book will help make it happen!      

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